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Simplified visa process to visit St. Petersburg launches in October

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, on Thursday, confirmed the list of countries whose citizens will be able to visit St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast with a free electronic visa from Oct 1. The list of countries was published on Friday morning. Citizens of 53 countries will be able to visit the region, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday. It is the same 53 for which a similar scheme was introduced on…

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Sept. 13-19

Saturday, September 14, 2019

All across Estonia, from the capital of Tallinn to the smallest villages in remote parts of the country, there is always something going on in the cultural sphere, from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are some highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week. Friday, Sept. 13 Tallinn Kirsty Mitchell exhibition “Wonderland” opening Fotografiska Tallinn Click…

Lithuania’s former first lady Alma Adamkienė hospitalized

Friday, September 13, 2019

Alma Adamkienė, the wife of Lithuania’s former president Valdas Adamkus, has been hospitalized, according to tv3.lt. The news website reports that Adamkus found his wife unconscious at home last week. She has been in hospital since then. “It’s hard to say what happened, but last week Alma and I were outside and then she walked back home to watch the news. I told her I’ll be back soon. When I…

PNB Banka will request Prosecutor’s Office to annul bank’s insolvency

Friday, September 13, 2019

PNB Banka will turn to the Prosecutor’s Office with a request to annual the ruling made by the Riga Vidzeme District Court today declaring the bank insolvent, the now former board member of PNB Banka Anna Verbicka told members of the press on Thursday. She acknowledged that the bank’s insolvency ruling was negative and PNB Banka disagrees with this ruling, which is why the the bank will appeal to the…

President Kersti Kaljulaid on working visit to Ukraine

Friday, September 13, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a two-day working visit to Ukraine where she will meet with the President and Prime Minister in Kyiv. Kaljulaid met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk and Dmytro Razumkov, Speaker of Parliament, and will speak at the Yalta European Strategy Forum on Friday. On Thursday she met with Prime Minister Honcharuk, and expressed continued support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and…

Estonian govt on schedule with putting together state budget

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Estonian government is on schedule with drafting of the state budget for 2020 and will apparently hand the budget bill to the parliament on Sept. 25, Finance Minister Martin Helme told the “Aktuaalne kaamera” evening news program of public broadcaster ERR after a four-hour meeting on the subject on Thursday.  The minister said that a match between income and expenditures in the budget was achieved by the evening. At…

Baltic and Nordic foreign ministers agree to continue cooperation on climate change

Friday, September 13, 2019

On Wednesday and Thursday, in Borgarnes (Iceland), the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics took part in the annual meeting of the Baltic and Nordic (NB8) Foreign Ministers, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry. During the meetings, Rinkevics expressed the view that, being aware of the importance of climate change, the EU should present itself as a leader setting ambitious goals in climate change mitigation. The ministers agreed on the…

Latvia hoping to switch part of Russia-Europe freight traffic to Rail Baltic

Friday, September 13, 2019

Latvia is hoping to switch some cargo traffic flowing from Russia to Europe to Rail Baltic, a high-speed European gauge line, Latvian Ambassador to Russia Maris Riekstins told Interfax on Thursday. “The Rail Baltic high-speed European gauge railway line project to link Tallinn, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany is a big project that I think might be interesting for Russian business people. And there are plans on how we will connect…

Latvia: Petravica says money has been found to compensate for higher cost of pension delivery

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Welfare Ministry has found money to compensate for the rise in pension delivery tariffs, Welfare Minister Ramona Petravica (KPV LV) said at a Saeima meeting today. “The Ministry of Welfare has done its best to find a way to compensate for the increased cost of pension delivery service to all those who have opted to use the postal service for pension delivery,” said Petravica. She explained that the Welfare…

Lithuanian appeal court opens case of two former troops convicted for spying for Russia

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Court of Appeal of Lithuania on Wednesday started hearing the case of two former troops found guilty of spying for Russia. The appeal was lodged by one of the convicts, asking the court for a softer punishment. “We are appealing that there was no organized group and the sentence should be reduced accordingly,” Adomas Liutvinskas, the lawyer for one of the convicts, told BNS Lithuania. In his words, if…